Row of Main Cable Ropes in Izmit Bay Crossing Bridge Project: The most important leg of Gebze-Orhangazi-Izmir Motorway Project, which will reduce the transportation time between Istanbul and Izmir to 3,5 hours, has been completed.
The Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Feridun Bilgin stated that the Izmit Bay Crossing Suspension Bridge, which is the 4th suspension bridge with the largest middle span in the world, was reconstructed and completed on March 21, and the main cable ropes were pulled for the first time in September. He stated that it will start in the week, and that decks will be placed in December.
Bilgin reminded that the main body concrete fabrication of the blocks in the north and south anchorage areas was completed a while ago within the scope of the work on the Izmit Bay Crossing Suspension Bridge.
Bilgin of the bridge distribution legs and saddles, edge and transition feet in the production of concrete that continues Bilgin, said that the total production of 99,5 level reached.
Bilgin stated that the completion of the two-stage work of the suspension bridge tower caisson, Bilgin, said:
“The tower caisson foundations were brought to the suspension bridge tower foundations by floating, and as a result of the immersion process that took 12 hours, the north tower foundation was placed on 15 March 2014 and the south tower foundation was placed on the foundation points, which were previously prepared by improving the ground, on March 26, 2014. In the tower foundations placed, tower anchorage base and tie beam manufacturing works have also been completed. Installation of suspension bridge steel tower blocks, which started on July 8, 2014, continues. In the tower assembly, 252 meters was completed, the section called "catwalk", which was created for the cable installation of the bridge, which started on February 5th, was also re-manufactured and completed. The 253-meter-long northern approach viaduct was completed at the header beam level, steel beam installation works were completed, and the southern approach viaduct was completed. The pulling of the bridge's main cable ropes will begin in the first week of September. The decks will be placed in the interval. "
"Altınova - İznik Junction section will be opened to traffic at the end of the year"
Pointing out that the construction period of the Gebze-Orhangazi-İzmir Highway Build-Operate-Transfer Project has been determined as 7 years, Bilgin said, “The bridge is planned to be opened to traffic in March 2016 and the Yalova Altınova-Orhangazi İznik Junction at the end of this year.
With the completion of the project and enter the service, the whole of the motorway, according to the current state of the road shorten the distance to 95 striking Bilgin, 8-10 hour of the 3,5 hour will be reduced to the 650 hour and in return for the XNUMX million dollars savings in the year was emphasized.
Bilgin stated that, by using the existing road, the Bay passes by car in 1 hour and 20 minutes and by ferry in 45-60 minutes, and that this time will decrease to 6 minutes thanks to the Bay Crossing Bridge.